I’m an ecologist with a passion to unravel the effect of our changing climate on ecosystem properties, biosphere-atmosphere interactions and vegetation health. For my predominantly experimental research projects, I utilize observations from micro-meteorological stations and from terrestrial and airborne remote sensing, and complement these with a suite of ground-based sensor networks, such as terrestrial LiDAR scanners, sap flow sensors, dendrometers and repeated vegetation inventories. I have worked across a large range of ecosystems, from urban grasslands to prairies, and from deciduous to evergreen broadleaf forests, which fuels my drive to find commonalities among these contrasting ecosystems through synthesis studies.
I studied Geography at the University of Bonn in Germany and was introduced to flux research during an internship with Dean Anderson at the USGS in Denver in 2009. I completed my Master’s thesis on ‘Greenhouse Gas Flux Comparisons between Lawns in the Denver Urban Area and in an Adjacent Natural Tallgrass Prairie in the Rocky Mountain Front Range‘ under the supervision of Joerg Loeffler in 2011.
I then moved to Australia to work with Stefan Arndt and Lauren Bennett on my dissertation on ‘New approaches to investigate the seasonal growth dynamics in forests’ in the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne (2012-2016). While working on my PhD, I successfully completed a Specialist Certificate in Teaching for Graduate Researchers (First Class Honours) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne in 2014.
Since 2016 I work at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. I first worked with Elise Pendall on pressing questions about how mistletoe infection and extreme climate events alter ecosystem properties and tree health, before joining Matthias Boer‘s Bio-Geo-Pyro-lab and incorporating remotely piloted aircraft systems to disentangle changes in ecosystem properties and functioning following biotic and abiotic disturbances.
I am currently working on ‘Forecasting live fuel moisture content, the on/off switch for forest fire’ with Rachael Nolan, Matthias Boer, Belinda Medlyn and Brendan Choat from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, as well as Marta Yebra, Albert van Dijk and Luigi Renzullo at ANU and Victor Resco De Dios from University of Lleida.